Kibera's Woes and Wonders!
- Welcome to Kibera, a city of it's own, within the "Green City in the
Much is known about kibera, yet it carries it's own tales-Much
derived from it, less given back to it.
Being one of the largest informal settlement (slum) in the world, It
is an habitat lacking the vital ammenties and offering it's dwellers
Kibera is a one epitome of Kenya's tourist sector success.
After the nairobi game centers and parks and the metropolis town
center of Nairobi, it is a one tourists interest.
In writings there exists so many N.G.O s in Kibera in the name of
improving lives of it's habitants, yet squalid living conditions
(poor congested housing, and poor infrastructure) dots Kibera.
You must have heard of the famous "flying toilets" (Use of buckets
and polythene papers for human waste disposal)
Despite the negative potrayal, there are success stories and
developments imparted by the youths and women groups living in the
Despite enormous hardships and adversity, they work hard through
humbling experience to give Kibera an attractive visual depiction.
Through obstacles they can still take action to develop their
capabilities through willingness to experiment, learn, evaluate, co-
operate and voice.
Despite their hard work in bringing change to this community, they
often face complex challenges such as lack of information and
experience, skeptical and resistant authorities, beureacracy that
favour qualifications over hard work and skills, lack of resources
and recognition for their hard work.
nafsi Afrika acrobats have had collaboration experience with certain
Organisations in Kibera, worth mention include; KOYLWA
(Kenya.Organisation of Youths living with Aids), Youth Development
Forum (bmaticha@...), Seeds of hope, and Shining hope for
community (SHOFCO) www.shofco.org.
Nafsi Afrika acrobats at the moment is running some Acrobatics, Yoga
and Dance training programmes in S.t Jeremic academy and S.t
S.t consolata is in the heart of Kibera and lack various academic
needs and also teachers.
Despite the Government's policy on free education and the conditions
set by the Government, it gives virtually no support to these
This programme is supported by Sarakasi trust (www.sarakasi.org)
under the Dubbelleuk Foundation project
Also in collaboration with Koinonia community, we work along with
the ndugu mdogo boys home and Kivuli center helping them in their
street children rescue programme, and their intergration back to the
Ndugu mdogo (kerarapon)
boys-home has a drop center in Kibera, the home itself is a few
kilometers away from Kibera.
Koinonia (www.koinoniakenya .org) through Padre Kizito Renato
sessana has offered Nafsi Afrika acrobats some piece of land/space
in Ndugu Mdogo boys home (Kerarapon-Ngong) to set up an artistic
center that will have a circus , Nafsi's offices and a theatre hall.
Bonnie Argo through C.H.E.K.A www.cheka.org.uk- A non profit
charity Organisation in the U.K- and Paige Elenson
(www.acroyoga.org) are raising funds for Nafsi Acrobats to help them
set up a home that will offer serenity, and refuge away from the
streets to the street children.
Also the home will serve as a center to artistically empower the
marginalised slum children through Yoga, Acrobatics, Dance, Theatre
and Music lessons.
During Maria Agnesse .Giraudo's (An Italian librarian and Nafsi's
friend) sojourn with Nafsi, we visited Joseph kangethe home managed
by the Government.
We went there in search of two boys in the Nafsi street Children
John and Steven with another of their friend, while in their nomal
and ussual street exploits were confronted by Police officers and
their friend was shot and died on the spot.
There was a wild public outcry and the story even appeared in the
John and steve were rescued though, they testified in the court, and
the police officer interdicted.
They were taken to Joseph Kangethe Home, we went there,
unfortunately we didn't get them, they had escaped back to the
When i write later, i will expound more on the individual
organisations working in Kibera and also give exceptional stories
We are also doing some video coverage and hope to come out with
expressive footages, also an interview with Mbugua Bravo ( once a
street boy, now a street children volunteer officer), who was
rescued and transformed by a Lady magistrate (Also former street
Kibera's problems can't be solved without co-opearation.
If we want to make change effectively, we must work with others;
form alliances, build links and bridges, work collectively.
Just as important, learn to work with people who have the power to
"It's the nature of thought to find it's way into action'.
Nafsi Afrika acrobats,
P.O Box 21255-00505